Monday, 9 June 2014

INSIDE SCOOP: 5 Things We’re Talking About Right Now

LISTEN UP: A new album from Damian ‘Junior Gong’ Marley is always cause for (much) anticipation, so imagine our feverish delight upon learning from a reliable source thisclose to the Ghetto Youths headmaster (Welcome to Jamrock, Half-Way Tree) that he is hard at work in the studio crafting tracks for his forthcoming release, which will represent his first full-length record since the smash hit Nas collabo Distant Relatives.

MAKING WAVES: Theatre’s new-gen movers and shakers are stepping their game up, way up. Particularly impressive are go-getters Sabrena McDonald and David Tulloch, who continue to push creative boundaries with their work. While McDonald (this month’s Anancy Chaptaz: Monkey Bizniz) is gearing up to unveil a new ensemble drama this summer and spearhead a festival dubbed Curtains Up! (under the Independent Actors’ Movement umbrella) in October, Tulloch (For My Daughter) is remounting Risqué this August, in addition to collaborating on multiple projects with Stages Productions, Rosie Murray and the Jamaica Musical Theatre Company (JMTC).

RUNWAY READY: Caribbean Fashion Week (CFW), by tradition, provides a fantastic platform for up-and-comers to show and prove. This week’s staging (the 14th anniversary edition) promises fab mini showcases by songbird Denyque (whose debut swimwear collection has been garnering buzz all year long) and fellow recording star/stylista Ishawna, who we are told has something special lined up for the fashion-savvy crowd.

TALENT SHOW: The premier outlet for emerging young artists to get their work recognized locally, the JCDC Visual Arts Competition is now accepting submissions for the 2014 contest. This year’s crop of awards hopefuls have until September 19 to turn in their entries for eligibility in the judging process.

STRIKING A BALANCE: Almost 10 years old now, Kingston on the Edge (KOTE) is this year exploring the theme of balance, specifically the myriad ways in which art can have an “ameliorative effect” on today’s society. “This new generation of Jamaican artists is now taking more risks with their trade,” says co-organizer Carolyn Lazarus, “and I think it is because we are stepping back and handing over creative control to the artists, giving them fee range to blossom and grow.” Log on to for details on the full range of activities scheduled for this month across city Kingston. 

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